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Goldspotted Spinefoot

Siganus punctatus

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Siganus punctatus
Class: Fish
Length: 15 inches
Life span: 10 to 12 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: Unknown

About

I LIVE IN THE INDO-PACIFIC OCEAN

The goldspotted spinefoot is native to the western Pacific Ocean, bordering on the eastern Indian Ocean. These uniquely-patterned fish are typically found living in reefs and lagoons, bodies of water separated from larger bodies of water by natural structures like reefs.


I AM AN HERBIVORE

The goldspotted spinefoot has a vast herbivorous diet that includes algae growing on the sea floor, and seaweeds and grasses.


GOLDSPOTTED SPINEFOOTS ARE SOCIAL

The goldspotted spinefoot is a social fish species, and juveniles will often live in schools of up to 50 individuals. However, schooling tapers off as the fish grow in size and age, and many older goldspotted spinefoots will just live in pairs.


COOL CORAL CAMOUFLAGE

The goldspotted spinefoot is brown with small golden spots covering their entire body, even their eyes. This pattern that helps the goldspotted spinefoot hide from predators amongst the coral in their habitat.


HELPING THE GOLDSPOTTED SPINEFOOT IN THE WILD

By visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you are supporting local, regional, and global conservation.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

Because of their algae-centric diet, the goldspotted spinefoot plays an important role in keep algae growth under control, something that brings balance to the reef and ensures its health and survival.


 

Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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